Why A Library Is Every Writers Best Friend

By on December 20, 2016
Why A Library Is Every Writers Best Friend - Writer's Life.org

There are some places that should be sacred to writers. Places where they can go to feel truly immersed in their work, that can inspire them, help them improve and where they feel supported and believed in.

Libraries are very special places for writers, and there are many advantages to making a trip to yours.

Here’s why libraries are a writer's best friend.

They have books.

Every writer knows that reading is an integral part of writing. The more you read, the better. Reading is helpful to writers in so many ways. It can help them identify themes in a genre, it can give them ideas and inspiration for stories, it can help them fall in love with language, or to discover a whole new genre of writing they never knew before. Libraries are brilliant for finding new and exciting books to read - and they are all free too!

They are peaceful.

The wonderful thing about libraries is that they have a sense of peace and quiet which is quite unlike anywhere else. There is something very peaceful about being in a library and wandering through the aisles of books both new and old. This makes them ideal places for writers to work. They have thousands of resources at their fingertips, and they are a quiet place where talking loudly is not permitted. If your home is too chaotic to write, and your local coffee shop too busy (and expensive) then head to the library and see if you can find a writing space that is perfect for you.

They can help you promote your book.

Befriending your local library is a fantastic idea because when it comes to getting your book out there and into the world, they can be an excellent place to approach. Libraries can feature your book in ‘new releases,’ 'local authors' or when they are promoting different genres.

You can also try to arrange a book signing at your local library or an ‘evening with the author’ event. Having a library on your side when trying to promote your book can be invaluable. Lots of libraries now host author events which provide an excellent way to promote your book as well as meet like-minded people and share helpful knowledge and advice.

Libraries are a fantastic resource for writers, though it is surprising how little many of us use them. While it may be easier for some authors to work from home or to buy their books on Amazon, visiting your local library is an experience which could inspire you in new and different ways.

So next time you are sitting down to write, why not try heading to your library and see whether you end up writing more productively and more satisfactorily than ever before?

Bethany Cadman -author of 'Doctor Vanilla's Sunflowers'

Bethany Cadman -author of 'Doctor Vanilla's Sunflowers'

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